Am 30.09.2011 17:06, schrieb Bishakha Datta:
**I am also dismayed at the use of the word 'censorship' in the context of a
software feature that does not ban or block any images. But somehow there
doesn't seem to be any other paradigm or language to turn to, and this is
what is used as default, even though it is not accurate. It's been mentioned
1127 times in the comments, as per Sue's report to the board, and each time
it is mentioned, it further perpetuates the belief that this is censorship.
are two issues why this word is used.
1. The word is used for actual censorship (restriction of access) and it
is used in context with hiding/filtering features. What is really meant,
is often hard to distinguish.
2. Categorizing content (images, videos, text, events, ...) as
inappropriate for some (minors, believers, conservatives, liberals,
extremists, ...) is instead seen as a "censors tool". That is one of the
issues with a filter based on categories. It can be exploited by actual
censors in many different ways. One hard way is to (mis)use the
categories to restrict access. One soft way would be to influence the
categorization itself, leaving the impression to the reader that a
majority would share this view. To understand this issue, you have think
about readers which see Wikipedia as a valid source for knowledge. If
Wikipedia (they don't see or care for the single decisions, they trust
us) labels such content as inappropriate (for some) it will inevitably
lead to the believe that a vast majority sees it the same way, which
doesn't need to be the case.
Since this risk is real (the Google image filter gets already exploited
this way), it is also described as censorship. Not a single word could
be found inside the introduction of the referendum, that mentioned
possible issues. Thats why many editors think, that it was intentionally
put that way, or that the board/WMF isn't capable to handle this situation.
It just left many open questions. For example: What would the WMF do, if
they recognize that the filter, and the good idea behind it, is exploited?